Jewelry Appraisers in Pennsylvania
Reviews of Appraisers and Gem Labs who provide jewelry appraisal and gemological services in South East and Central Pennsylvania, specifically the Greater Philadelphia area, Lancaster County and Montgomery County. Appraisal services may also be provided to the surrounding counties of Delaware and Bucks.
Click the "View Profile" button on the Appraisers' listings below to view their full profile. This displays their credentials, appraisal fees, gallery, client reviews, an outline of their appraisal & gemological services and advice on how you can do business with them.
The Appraisers below are arranged in order of the number of customer reviews they have received.
During this difficult time, some companies are offering a zero-contact re-appraisal service on jewelry that they have previously examined. Conditions will apply.
Other services may be available. Please look for the Coronavirus panel on the Appraiser's Profile page.
D. Atlas & Co.,Inc.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
What kind of an appraisal do you need? Do you plan to purchase or have just bought a major item and want to confirm its identity and value? Did you buy something while on vacation and now have second thoughts? Is there an estate to settle or a divorce proceeding which requires a valuation by a-qualified expert? Do you or your attorney need experienced expert testimony? If you need an understanding professional who is empathetic and compassionate about the myriad of difficult situations the public gets involved in, David Atlas is your right appraiser... [more]
Independent Jewelry Appraisers.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Independent Jewelry Appraisers is a full-service appraisal consultancy based in Lancaster PA, offering jewelry appraisals and gemological services to members of the public and retail jewelers throughout the region. Headed by Graduate Gemologist and Valuer, Katy M Clites GG, this company provides appraisals for all purposes, including; Fair Market Value (for estate or divorce), Insurance Replacement, Purchase Verification etc. All value conclusions are professionally presented in a detailed appraisal document that includes all a description of all.... [more]
Types of Jewelry Appraisals
Only those specifically referred to on this page are described here
Further types will be mentioned on the Appraisers' profile pages as there are several other types of appraisal reports, each with its own particular wording, purpose, objectives and resulting values.
Divorce (rarely requested) - this type of appraisal is used to help divide the tangible assets of a marital estate. The type of value provided in the appraisal report will typically be determined by specific State statutes, by agreement between the parties or by the trier of fact (the Court). Commonly requested types of value include fair market value, liquidation value, replacement value and/or marketable cash value. The level of detail provided may also be a matter of agreement or decree.
Insurance Replacement (routinely requested) - Replacement value appraisals are intended to be used for scheduled insurance coverage of jewelry and watches. The descriptions are usually the most detailed of any appraisal type and include the quality and condition of the item as well as the cut, color, clarity and carat weight (calculated or estimated) of gemstones and diamonds. When appropriate, the age or historical provenance may also be considered as value elements. Depending on the specifics of the item being appraised, the replacement value may be based on the analysis of sales for similar ‘new’ items of like kind and quality or sales of ‘used’ (vintage) items of comparable kind, quality and utility.
Estate Tax (commonly requested) - Estate appraisals prepared to help determine estate tax must meet specific standards outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations and / or the specific regulations of each specific State. For Federal estate tax purposes, the Fair Market Value, as specifically defined by the tax code, is provided based on the methodology and to the level of detail required by the IRS. Recent Tax Court rulings require that these appraisals must meet very specific criteria. This type of jewelry appraisal is very demanding and requires an Appraiser with a high level of education, training and experience in order to help avoid significant tax penalties and possible sanctions by the IRS. Specific value definition and requirements vary between States.